Saturday, May 27, 2017

Good Healthy Fun at West Pottsgrove Elementary

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by West Pottsgrove Elementary School.

West Pottsgrove Elementary School celebrated Healthy Kids Day with an evening families, fun and fitness. 

West is in it’s third year of looking at how to incorporate wellness and student well being into the culture of the school and this year we took it a step further and added an evening event to include our families into the initiative. 

Through the work of the building Wellness Committee we reached out into the community and brought a variety of community organizations on board to provide resources to our families on opportunities for fitness and wellness outside of school.

During the event, families could take part in an Escape Room Fitness Challenge where they had to complete several challenges and unlock the code to “escape”.

Next Level Martial Arts instructors were on hand to give a demonstration for students. An instructor from Premier Dance Studio engaged students and parents a dance lesson and 422 Sportsplex engaged children and families in a soccer demonstration. 

McCormick Chiropractic was on hand to provide information and consultation to interested parents.

Cindy Hontz, our food service director from Chartwells served up smoothies that can be made without a blender. Cindy had samples to try and the students were also able to try their hand at making their own smoothie. We had other snacks and water on hand provided by generous donations from Wawa, Giant Food Stores and the Pottstown Health and Wellness Foundation. 

PMSI Comprehensive Healthcare was the generous sponsor of the event. Through their generous donation, we were able to provide an inflatable obstacle course for the children to enjoy. This was a big hit for all in attendance. 

JAMB party rentals supplied the obstacle course and they were generous enough to leave the course for all of the children to enjoy during the school day on Friday. We were also able to offer fitness themed door prizes throughout the event.

Other community organizations were on hand to provide information for the families:
  • Art Fusion offered a make and take art workshop. 
  • The Pottstown Library provided families with information on summer programs and how to get a library card. 
  • Community Health and Dental Care brought along their mascot to share information about the many services they offer. 
  • The Pottstown YMCA shared information about their summer programs. 
  • Head Start shared information on their program for the children of the community. 
  • Creative Health was on hand to share information about their programs and services.
Plans are already underway for next year’s event and the team is looking forward to expanding our relationship with the many community partners involved. If success can be measured in smiles, the event was an overwhelming success.

The West Pottsgrove Wellness Committee members are Tom Yenchick, Julie Farris, Jean Randall, Melissa Holloway, Marianne Harrison, Matt Pawlik, Leah Quigley and Terri Koehler.

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